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May 20, 2005
Contact: Dan Rockhill, School of Architecture and Urban Design, (785) 393-0747; Jon Birkel, City Vision Ministries, (913) 371-5200.

KU architecture students to host May 21 event at house they built in KCK


LAWRENCE -- Now that Studio 804 architecture students at the University of Kansas have completed their latest modular house, they're inviting everyone to check it out for free.

The 18 students who designed and built the house during the spring 2005 semester will host a public open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 21, at 750 Shawnee Road, Kansas City, Kan. Driving directions and more open house information are on the Studio 804 Web site at http://www.studio804.com/projects/750shaw.htm.

This year's Modular 2 house design is the second Studio 804 cooperative venture with City Vision Ministries (CVM), the Rosedale Development Association and the Unified Government of Wyandotte County, all of Kansas City, Kan. CVM, a nonprofit community development corporation, was the client/partner for the house both this year and in 2004.

Studio 804 is the capstone class for the master's degree program at KU's School of Architecture and Urban Design. Dan Rockhill, professor of architecture and urban design, has taught the class since he established it as a hands-on design-build course in 1995. Over the years, Studio 804 projects have earned international recognition and significant awards. Last year's Modular 1 house was named top Home of the Year international winner by Architecture magazine, among other accolades.

The class operates as a nonprofit organization and works within the constraints of a limited budget and rigorous schedule to create a unique collaborative design that integrates contemporary architectural concepts and construction techniques.
The students have to be able to build what they design as well as work within client demands and available funds. Other house design goals include using environmentally friendly, sustainable materials plus those that are indigenous and/or recycled, salvaged or donated. Students aim for low maintenance, efficient use of space, handicap accessibility and versatile options.

The six modules of this year's 1,200-square-foot house were prefabricated in a Lawrence warehouse, then transported by truck to Kansas City, Kan., and positioned on the concrete foundation.

The Modular 2 is a two-bedroom, one-bath single-family house that incorporates more than 250 square feet of channel glass, a translucent and structural glazing system donated by Carter Glass Co., which is also supplying the same type of glass for the expansion at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Mo. Other exterior finish items include cypress siding and salvaged aluminum cladding materials. The maple wood flooring in the house was salvaged from an area gymnasium. Students chose PaperStone countertops made using water-based resins plus 60 percent recycled paper product materials. The interior includes stainless steel cabinets, birch armoires and maple doors with Polygal translucent polycarbonate panel inserts.

For more detailed information, including parking guidelines, a week-by-week timeline, downloadable house brochure, photographs during design and construction and other information about the Studio 804 program and history, visit http://www.studio804.com.

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